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Saturday, August 10 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Morning Keynote with Raquell Holmes: Creating the Human Face of Science

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In this keynote address, Dr. Raquell Holmes shares her activist journey to building community and humanizing the culture of science through improv, performance and play. 
What brings a Tufts and Harvard trained scientist of color to the world of improv? Why are hundreds of educators, researchers in science, technology, engineering and math turning to improv to make the next breakthrough? 
Science thrives when multiple opinions emerge, diverge and converge. Yet scientific institutions often fail to make passionate exchange possible, and science becomes monolithic, faceless.
As scientists learn to create playful ensembles, they learn to share their passion openly and to create a culture of curiosity with people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. They create anew the human face of science.
Holmes will engage the audience in a discussion with actor-director Mia Anderson and physicist Carolyn Sealfon. Together they explore their different philosophies and approaches to the interweaving of improvisational performance and creativity to support science learning and communication.  


Carolyn Sealfon

Carolyn Sealfon has taught, or more, facilitated learning as physics faculty at the University of Toronto and West Chester University, as Associate Director of Science Education at Princeton University, at an inner-city high school in New Jersey, and in interactive workshops across... Read More →

Dr. Raquell Holmes

Dr. Raquell Holmes is a computational cell biologist and a pioneer in using improvisational performance to build developmental science communities. After completing her Ph.D. at Tufts Biomedical School and her postdoc at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Holmes joined Boston University... Read More →

Mia Y. Anderson

Mia Y. Anderson is an actress, director and writer, born and raised in the Republic of Brooklyn. As a resident of Boston, she founded, directed and produced the cabaret troupe Drag Kings, Sluts & Goddesses, which was profiled in the Boston Globe and other publications and was the... Read More →

Saturday August 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
The Wang Center - Theater